Thursday, July 30, 2009
I'm VERY excited! Don't forget the BIG David Lloyd signing is THIS Saturday, August 1st at the Frankfort and Calumet City Amazing Fantasy locations! David is really cool guy. I went and picked him and his friend up at the airport last night, I'm such a lucky girl! (And thanks Chris!) David is enjoying the wonderful city of Chicago until the signing on Saturday. He will be here at my store in Frankfort from 11am-2pm: Amazing Fantasy 20523 S. La Grange Rd. Frankfort IL 60423, 815-469-5092. He will also be signing at the Calumet City A/F from 4pm-6pm on Saturday. Bring in any of his books you might own and he will gladly sign them for you! If you pick up a copy of any of his collected works at the shop, he will do a free sketch inside one of those books for free (time permitting of course)! I'm sure most of you already own V for Vendetta, but if you don't this would be the perfect opportunity to pick up a copy of the collected edition for him to personalize TO YOU. David has worked on a variety of other projects over the years, besides the aforementioned V, he also did some great work on Hellblazer, a fun series by Jamie Delano collected at Dark Horse into hardcover called The Territory, AND the book that I would highly recommend that you pick up is KICKBACK. A very cool gritty noir-thriller that David wrote as well as producing the wonderful artwork. Try KICKBACK, if you like crime/noir you NEED to pick this up in hardcover for ONLY $12.95. It's a bargain! So come on it, chat with this very personable comic creator, get some books signed and maybe get a sketch! Amazing Fantasy is proud to be able to host this very special event! Come one, come all!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The Stuff of Legend #1 published by Th3rd World Studios is a really fun read! I can't recommend this book enough! Hurry to your local Amazing Fantasy if you want a copy of the first print, I'm sure they will be gone in the blink of an eye. It will be a total of 2 issues at $4.99 a piece. Story by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith, illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III. This was probably the best book that was previewed in a FCBD comic. So much fun! This is the new Mouse Guard, and something tells me the creators and publishers were thinking that too since they released in in the same square format as Mouse Guard. It's the story of several stuffed animals that go in search of the human boy that was captured by the Boogeyman.
From the back of the book: "The year is 1944. Thousands of miles away, an allied force advances along a war-torn beach in a strange land, outnumbered and far from home. But here in a child's bedroom in Brooklyn, our heroes, a small group of toys loyal to their human master, fight an unseen war to save him from every child's worst nightmare The Boogeyman. Led by the toy soldier known as the Colonel and the boy's faithful teddy bear named Max, the toys enter the dangerous realm of The Dark. There they will face off against the Boogeyman and his army -- a legion of the boy's forgotten, bitter toys. Fighting to survive insurmountable odds, the toys will discover this is a battle not only for the soul of a child, but for their own as well."
The book has also received high praise from Brian K. Vaughan and Frank Quietly, not just me!
This is a book to watch, as well as the publisher and the creators! Can't wait for MORE Stuff of Legend!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Daron "The Colonel" Jensen returns with his weekly Marvel pimping.
Amazing Spider-Man #600
The Amazing Spider-Man has reached issue #600, and Marvel’s celebrating with 104 pages of all-new stories! No reprints! Featuring the talents of Dan Slott & John Romita Jr., Stan lee & Marcos Martin, Mark Waid & Colleen Doran, Bob Gale & Mario Albreti, Marc Guggenheim & Mitch Breitweiser, Zeb Wells & Derec Donovan, and Joe Kelly & Max Fiumara! Also are Amazing Spider-Man covers you’ll never see by Jeph Loeb & Mike McKone, Ed Brubaker & Mike McKone, Matt Fraction & Mike McKone, and Brian Bendis & Klaus Janson!
Amazing #600 has everything you’d want in a Spider-Man anniversary issue. Adventure, thrills, humor, guest stars, a classic villain, a wedding, a surprise appearance, girls in bikinis, and the kitchen sink. Dr. Octopus has discovered his old girlfriend May Parker is getting married and tries to stop it, and Spider-Man can only thwart his evil plot with the help of Daredevil, the Avengers, and the Fantastic Four. Oh, and poor Dr. Octopus, you’ll even feel sorry for him when reading this issue…
Lots of back-up strips fill out this meaty slab of comics, including a Stan Lee written story looking over the years of Spider-Man stories, Mark Waid writes a touching story of Peter and Uncle Ben, Bob Gale tells us what it would really be like to be Spider-Man, Marc Guggenheim tells an Aunt May story of hope, love, and loss, Zeb Wells treats us to an appearance of the Spider-Mobile, and Joe Kelly unveils a preview of things to come with Madame Web.
With 104 pages of all-new material, your cost comes to less than a nickel a page. That’s value for your money, and it’s awesome! And if I had a nickel for every time I’ve said awesome today, I’d have three copies of Amazing Spider-Man #600!
-Daron “The Colonel” Jensen
There you have it, "The Colonel" says it's worth a read and he tends to know what he's talking about when it comes to Marvel, so grab yours before they disappear from your local Amazing Fantasy location!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
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* Arcana Comics
* Asylum Press
* Bluewater Comics
* Creative Impulse Entertainment
* Digital Webbing
* Evil Twin Comics
* First Salvo
* Image Comics (Active Images, Allred, Kirkman, Wagner, Brunswick, Revel and more)
* Red 5
* Slave Labor Graphics
* Th3rd World Studios
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
For those of you coming in late, "The Colonel" is one of our good customers, Daron, that shops at the Frankfort Amazing Fantasy. He is one of the contributors to "The Official Index to the Marvel Universe". So yeah, he's an official employee of Marvel, so who better to review some Marvel comics here on my blog? It's pretty well documented here and elsewhere and that I can't always find the love that I should for Marvel. So, here is "The Colonel's" review of both Captain America #601 and he tells you why you should buy the mini-trade of Dr. Doom and the Masters of Evil.
Captain America #601
Ed Brubaker teams up with Gene Colan to tell a moody tale of Captain America fighting vampires in WWII!
The real draw here is the art by Gene “The Dean” Colan. Moody, atmospheric, and filled with dread, the comic is a joy to look at from cover to cover. I first came across Gene Colan’s art way back in the summer of 1989, in Wolverine #9. Even then I was struck by his distinctive style, and his ability to convey emotions, especially tension and fear. Over time I specifically sought out comics by Colan from his runs on Iron Man to Daredevil. And now, seeing his art in Captain America #601, I’m overjoyed to see he still has “IT.” Overjoyed. I think I’m going to pull out some of his Tomb of Draculas now…
Also Awesome this week:
Agents of ATLAS #8:
Jimmy gives the finger to Osborn, he finds out what his old girlfriend Suwan has been up to, and the team fights the Hulk. If you like fun comics, you should be reading Agents of ATLAS.
Dr. Doom & the Masters of Evil Digest
Collecting the 4-issue miniseries, featuring Dr. Doom the way he should be written. While it guest stars many different heroes and villains, the real reason to check this out is Dr. Doom doing what Doom does best. Lots of fun in a handy-sized package.
-Daron “The Colonel” Jensen
There you have it, the (in theory) weekly Marvel plug here on this blog. I have to say, Dr. Doom and the Masters of Evil really is worth checking out. Even Paul (aka Jerkules) at the Frankfort store liked it, and he hates just about everything! And, I have to agree with Daron "The Colonel" that Captain America is ALWAYS a good read. Brubaker is my man, can't go wrong there, unless of course he's writing a book with "X" in the title. Then yo could go wrong, but through no fault of his own, I blame the X universe and the sheer scope and breath that is covered within that realm.
Ok, I didn't mean to derail into a discussion of Wizard Magazine. I originally just wanted to point out that Wizard Entertainment CEO has decided to declare war on the guys behind C2E2 and the New York Comic-con. At this point, I can't say with any certainty that the Chicago Wizard show will even exist in any capacity next year. This year is iffy at best, since the big companies aren't even going to be there and Bryan Hitch pulled out recently too. Not looking good, but we will see how it pans out. It could still be a good show, and if it manages to pull in big enough numbers of attendees, then next year could still be viable. I just think he is being silly to schedule his new Anaheim show at the same time as the new C2E2. The guys at Reed have been drumming up guests and announcements for a while now. I imagine we will see more info about who is going to be there at the San Diego show, that's my guess anyway, or maybe they will time some big announcement to be made the same weekend as the Wizard Chicago show. Shamus will not be competing so much for the attendees, obviously since the shows are like 1800 miles apart or something, they will be competing for the big companies and names however.
The war is on! Who will be the victor? My money is on Reed, but who knows? The con line-up for next year looks to be crazy, with big cons all over the county at all different times of year.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
"Comic" part of the show and just call it an "Entertainment" expo, but I hope SD finds a way to convince the CCI to stay right where it is in beautiful downtown Sad Diego. If they could present the new expansion plans with a definite ground breaking date, maybe CCI would consider staying. I'll keep you posted.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Asterios Polyp, a graphic novel by David Mazzucchelli.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
On Saturday, I worked the ALA Moonstone booth, and it was quite a success. I managed to sneak over to the Norton booth to pick up a copy of David Small's much discussed Stitches: A Memoir graphic novel. It's an "advance reading copy, not for sale" so I get to feel somewhat privileged to be able to read this before it hits store shelves September 8th. The book is not coming out until September and not only did Norton give away stacks of these at the ALA show here in Chicago in July, they also gave away stacks of the book at the BEA in New York last month. Norton obviously is aware of what a great book they have on their hands to be pushing the shit out of it months ahead of release. All of the preliminary reviews I've read so far are overwhelmingly positive, and now I understand why. This is it, the next great Maus, Persepolis or Fun Home. David Small may not be a well known name to the comics industry but he is HUGE in the book industry, being a very famous children's book illustrator with many children's best sellers on his resume.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wizard World Chicago is coming soon, August 6-9 to be exact. The guest list is pretty impressive, here are some of the highlights:
Mark Millar, George Perez, Dan Slott, Bryan Hitch, Jason Aaron, Frank Cho, JG Jones, Alex Maleev, Mike Allred, Greg Horn, J. Scott Campbell, David Mack, Sean McKeever, Mike Norton, Bill Reinhold, Tim Seeley, Billy Tan, J. O'barr, and Matt Wagner to name just a few.
Nice looking big name talent for the guest list. The creators alone make this a worthwhile show to attend, which is nice.
As far as comic book publishers represented, well the list isn't as impressive. No Marvel, no DC, no Dark Horse, no Image. Scanning the exhibitors list: these are the biggest names that will be there: Avatar, Moonstone, and Top Shelf. Avatar and Moonstone are within driving distance of Chicago so really the only other big name publisher that will be there is Top Shelf. All three of these publishers offer a wide variety of books, so it is definitely worth it to check them out. (If you haven't checked Amazing Fantasy's sister company Moonstone, shame on you, but this will be an excellent opportunity to do so). But the con won't feel the same without DC's massive presence. Last year Marvel did have an area for their signings, but it wasn't quite the same as DC's, so I'm not surprised to see Marvel pulling out. Last year Dark Horse had one little booth there and that was it, so again, not surprised to see them bowing out. Image, again last year, I think only Image's imprint Shadowline was there, so I understand they decided not to come out. But I am SO disappointed that DC won't be there. There is nothing like walking through the DC booth. It's huge, colorful, free posters, pins, green lantern rings etc. It's such a thrill talking to the editors etc. Not this year. Darn it! However, DC will be at C2E2 in April. So we have that to look forward to.
I'm afraid this is the death knell for Wizard World Chicago. I really thought THIS would be the last big year, but it's not looking that way at all. I would be VERY surprised if there is even a Wizard Chicago show next year. If they do want to do a show next year, something will have to change if they want it to succeed. It looks like the end of an era.
I do think that this year will still be a fun show, there are lots of guests, many DC and Marvel artists and writers will be on hand, along with other fun independent creators. And because we may see a lower turn out than normal, this will be an excellent opportunity to chat with some of your favorite creators. So come on out, have fun!
This will be a very interesting show indeed. We will have to wait to see how it all plays out...
Tickets are still available at the Frankfort, Calumet City, and Lockport Amazing Fantasy locations.
This is a quote from a Newsarma article:
“This is Marvel doing the nineties right,” explained David Gabriel, Marvel Comics Senior Vice President of Sales & Circulation. “We’re taking two of the most popular cover treatments of all time—foil and holograms—to create an all new kind of cover, as a ‘thank-you’ to fans who’ve been demanding this kind of variant! Retailers and fans don't need to worry. We're only doing this on a limited basis. You won't see one on Ms Marvel #46 or Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #4. We're using them to mark very special occasions...such as the launch of Ultimate Comics line.”
Someone shoot me now. Really. I CAN NOT believe Marvel and their newest bullshit. Yeah, "The nineties done right" that is exactly what we need right now. Thanks Marvel! Just when I didn't think they could possibly annoy me more, we have this. It is official Marvel DOES NOT remember their past at all. Nope, not one little bit. The 90's almost succeeded in killing the comics market, let's not go back there, really, let's not. Ok, if they wanted to do some kind of snazzy new foil cover gimmick, how about using it on the regular version of the cover? You know the one that everyone will actually be able to find at their local shops? THAT might get people excited, this is only going to piss people off because all three of these "foilograms" are variants, 1 in 25 variants to be exact. Yeah, that isn't going to suck or anything for the consumers. Way to drive up the price on the secondary market Marvel, I'm sure that is helpful to your share holders. I'm sure Marvel thinks that retailers will race to order more copies of the book to satisfy demand, but to really make that work, we as retailers would have to charge the same price for the "foilogram" as 25 copies of the book, meaning $100.00 would be the price. No, we don't do that to our customers. This is beyond stupid. Hey if Marvel wants to do a special new type of cover, by all means try it and see if people like it and see if they buy mass quantities of it, but don't make it the godda** variant! The "foilograms" should have been the REGULAR cover. Unbelievable. Wow. So, if you as a customer would like to get your hands on one of these variants how can you do that? Call or stop in your local A/F and order 25 copies of the book you want the "foilogram" for and then after paying for those 25 copies, you will get the variant. How cool is that? Yeah, not very cool at all, I know.
(insert your own witty reply here)
This is what I think of when I think of the all new exciting Marvel "Foilogram". Boy I sure hope Marvel gets a patent on that name and technology. That would be tres exciting indeed!
THANKS MARVEL, you guys are awesome!!!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
(Note: The above image is from a forth-coming issue of Wednesday Comics, and not this week's #1.)
Issue one of Wednesday Comics comes out tomorrow, Wednesday July 8th. I got a chance to read this issue and I have to say it is quite unique. I’ve never seen anything close to this attempted before with mainstream superheroes. There is a whole assortment of characters, something for everyone: Batman, Kamandi, Hawkman, Deadman, Superman, Green Lantern, Metamorpho, Teen Titans, Adam Strange, Supergirl, Metal Men, Wonder Woman, Sgt. Rock, Flash, and The Demon with Catwoman. You’ve seen the list of big time talent associated with this book too, I’m sure, since I’ve already talked about it here a few weeks back, and you can’t help but hear about Wednesday Comics if you go to ANY comic related news site or the DC website. I LOVED it! Loads of fun. All I was missing was my morning coffee to get the full newspaper experience. The art looks great in this format, so so amazing. Some of the one-page strips work better than others, and that is mostly because the one thing lacking in this unique venture is a stronger editorial arm. I know this is Mark Chiarello’s baby, and I can’t thank him enough for coming up with this ingenious idea, but I think every strip needs the little “Next Week (fill in the blank)", that is my only gripe. Some of the strips do have this little feature that gives it that true newspaper strip feel, without it, some of the strips just feel very odd. I like uniformity in my collections, what can I say, I'm a perfectionist. They are all quality reads, but darn it, I want my newspaper strips to feel like newspaper strips in every way! I’m such a nit-picker, I know. I really shouldn’t bitch because DC is the only major comic publisher to have the balls to make anything even close to this project. That is really the only thing I have to complain about anyway. I really should just applaud Mark, since I can only imagine the nightmare this project had to be to put together, don't mind me and my minor complaint.
So pick up this first issue for a truly wonderful old-school read! My favorite strips: Kamandi (I think this may be my ultimate fav in this issue), Deadman, Supergirl (I’m a sucker for Streaky!), Flash (with the special Iris West co-feature that kicks ass) and the odd combo of The Demon with Catwoman. I have to say my least favorites are: Wonder Woman (not sure what that was, I wanted something more “classic”) and Superman (rather ho-hum, seems like a regular Superman comic, but just one page of it). The other stories are still entertaining, but I will have to read more strips to judge if I will say “yay” or “nay” for the rest of the strips. Whose art is best suited for this type of storytelling? Well imo, I say the fun-loving Amanda Conner art is a thumbs up for sure, the highly-detailed Prince Valiant inspired Ryan Sook art is another clear winner, and Brendan Fletcher’s classic strip style are my three favorites. I applaud DC and editor Mark Chiarello for bringing this visionary project to fruition.
I encourage you to try at least issue one to see what all the hubbub is about. Wednesday Comics isn’t necessarily for all comic fans, but it is certainly for all the comic fans that want to stretch their expectations of what a comic is or can be.
Saturday August 1st!!
ONE DAY ONLY!
20523 S. La Grange Rd.
582 Torrence Ave.
Calumet City, IL
David Lloyd has also created the gritty noir thriller, Kickback, published by Dark Horse Comics. We will have plenty of copies of Kickback and V for Vendetta on hand.
David will be signing and chatting at both locations of course and as a SPECIAL bonus, he will do one FREE sketch inside either your copy of Kickback or V for Vendetta that you purchase at the shop. David also was the artist on Hellblazer, and The Territory, along with many other covers for both Marvel and DC over the years. We here at the shop are just THRILLED beyond thrilled that he has made time in his busy schedule to come out to our shops! David hails from England, and isn't in the States that often, so take advantage of this rare opportunity!
DO NOT MISS THIS, you will kick yourself if you do!!